Van Life

How To Start Van Life With No Money

Are you looking at making a Home on the Road and how to start van life with no money? Let’s discuss briefly this. When you hear “van life” you probably think of someone living in luxury in a fully equipped campervan. But did you know that it is possible to experience van life even if you have no money? It’s true! With a little creativity, ingenuity, and resourcefulness, anyone can start their van life journey. Let’s explore how.

Find Your Vehicle

The first step to starting your van life journey is finding the right vehicle. The most affordable option is usually an old van or RV that needs some work but don’t worry, even if it needs repairs, it doesn’t have to cost much money. If you can do the repairs yourself, you can save a lot of money by buying used parts instead of new ones. In addition, many municipalities offer discounted rates for car registrations and insurance when you buy an older vehicle. Once you find the right vehicle for your needs, the real fun begins.

DIY Conversion

Once you have your vehicle ready to go, then comes the conversion process. This is where all the hard work pays off because this is where you get to customize your ride and make it truly yours. It might seem overwhelming at first but there are tons of tutorials online that will help guide you through the process.

There are also plenty of DIYers out there who are more than willing to lend advice or answer questions if needed. For those who want a completed conversion without having to do any work themselves, some companies specialize in doing full conversions for a reasonable price though they tend to be slightly more expensive than doing it yourself.

Live Within Your Means

Once your vehicle is converted and ready to hit the road, don’t forget one important thing you need to learn how to live within your means. That means budgeting carefully and staying away from activities that require lots of spending like eating out every night.

Try cooking meals over a campfire or using a portable stove instead of going out for meals shop around for discounts before purchasing fuel look for free campsites instead of paying for expensive campgrounds and use cash as often as possible so that you don’t overspend on credit cards. By following these simple tips, living on the road can be both affordable and enjoyable.


Van life doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, with some resourcefulness and creativity, it’s possible to start living in your own customized campervan without spending any money at all. From finding an affordable vehicle and doing repairs yourself or finding someone who can do them cheaply through creating a livable space within your budget after hitting the road, there are plenty of ways anyone can experience van life without breaking the bank. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start exploring.

Also Read: Van Life Essentials

Nyra Abigail

My Name is Nyra Abigail and in 2016, I made the decision to leave my traditional living situation and hit the road in a Dodge Ram Van. Since then, I've had the opportunity to camp in 48 states and hike in many of the United States' National Parks. My mission is to inspire and assist others in living an adventurous lifestyle, whether that be through van life or RV living. We provide a comprehensive resource to help guide and support individuals on their own journeys of discovery.

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